- Well, when I was a little girl I would spend hours flipping through the pages of a huge catalogue called "Quelle" that my father had brought from Germany. It had glossy pages full of beautiful pictures of lovely rooms, furniture and furnishing and was written in a language I could not decipher. But I think the pictures left an ever lasting impression on my mind and I grew up to be 'me' who drools not over food (or that too!) but good interior design, colors and photography. I also passionately love coffee, films, books, music, white gladioli, solitude, risotto, donuts, and my life (not exactly always in that order). I live in Bombay, India with my husband and little daughter and they both have changed my life in many beautiful ways.
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Monday, 2 June 2014
"I believe in plenty of optimism and white paint"
-Elsie de Wolfe
Come inside my imaginary shabby chic home.....
Would you like to have a cup of tea with me?
You know, I love to sit by this window & read...What are you reading these days?
Sometimes I also like to add a hint of bright hue in my living room...
Though, I can happily live in an all white room...
And I putter around in my imaginary shabby chic home....
But I also do my own laundry...do you?
And I store all my freshly washed linens in this pretty thing...
Oh, you must be hungry! Let me get the plates
Shall we eat now?
We'll have some mint tea in my bedroom afterwards...
Hope you'll come back & visit me again
I'll be waiting for you....
Images are via Pinterest.com
Visit my Pinterest boards for some more shabby chic madness & more
Thursday, 22 May 2014
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”- Thich Nhat Hanh
This is just the kind of room, I need right now, to sit & drink my tea (slowly) because the scorching Bombay summer is making me want to run away to somewhere peaceful, less noisy, dust free & most importantly, cooler. This room with clean lines also appeals to me on another level especially, when I've been on a mission to de-clutter my house, since last couple of months. Though, it is proving to be a rather humongous task because of our years of retail therapy, piles of 'just in case' items stored everywhere, long outgrown clothes, excess linens and not to forget the endless toys & books of my daughter, is all that's standing between me & my goal. But I'm at it & making progress (very) slowly and (un) steadily! All I have is my determination. Sigh!
For the last few months, I've been deeply influenced by two blogs Be More with Less-Life on Purpose and The Minimalists besides my daily dose of inspiration from Leo Babauta's Zen Habits. Every time I feel like buying a new pair of shoes or a new dress, I remind myself of the Project 333. Well, it helps sometimes. But it surely didn't help when I was in Paris, last month. By the way, a new post on my Paris trip is coming up soon. So keep reading my blog :)
Now, let me show you some more pictures of this vintage inspired inn & cafe, Table on Ten in Bloomville, Northwestern Catskills. The handmade bed, pillows made from upcycled grain sacks, vintage fixtures in the bath and the deep gray walls have added so much charm to this quaint place.
I Like it!
Images via Remodelista
Thursday, 26 December 2013
Saturday, 2 November 2013
I wish all my readers a very Happy Diwali. May this festival of lights bring joy, beauty, peace& happiness to your life! Just a month back, we moved into a new apartment & are still in the tedious yet exciting process of setting up the house. I will write more about the new house & some of our DIYs later, but for now I will leave you with the pictures of my workspace that has been specially lit up to celebrate Diwali (technically the only festival that I celebrate with some enthusiasm).
P.S. Voting is still on for GoodHomes Magazine Awards, 2013, so please click HERE
& hit the "Like" button to make My Ikat Love, the 'Most Inspiring Blog' of 2013 :))))
(All images are taken by me & are copyright of My Ikat Love)
Monday, 28 October 2013
It was on a rainy day in July, 2012 during one of our usual long chat sessions that my husband suggested I should start my own home decor blog. During those days after I quit my job as a corporate media lawyer, my life had become pretty simple...free from stress, 'to do lists', time tables, traffic, noise, office politics and blah blah. I was totally consumed in taking care my little girl and my only recreation was reading books & dozens of home decor blogs, every night after tucking my daughter into her little cot. Life was beautiful but a little too peaceful for a workaholic like me. That particular night, I was telling my husband about some lovely blogs that I had come across that afternoon and he asked me 'what would you name it, if you had your own home decor blog?' And my answer popped out instantly "I would call it My Ikat Love". The next I thing I remember was him sitting in front of the computer to choose a design & lay out for my blog. And that's how My Ikat Love was born, an impromptu decision, a little nudge from the same person who has always been my best friend, my biggest strength & weakness and love of my life!
For the first few days, I was afraid of making it a public blog and my fear was that no one was going to read a design & decor blog of a lawyer turned stay-at-home mom blogger who claims to understand a thing or two about aesthetics. My fear disappeared when one single blogpost got more than hundred hits, the day I first posted my blog's link on a social networking site. I stopped doubting myself. What followed was many sleepless nights of writing, re-writing, editing, choosing topics, selecting pictures and within a few months, I saw readers and followers from across the globe visiting my blog everyday.
It's been a little more than a year of blogging and just when I became a little inactive & felt miserable for not being able to write more regularly, My Ikat Love got nominated by GoodHomes Magazine, India as one of the Most Inspiring Blogs for GoodHomes Awards 2013 along with two fantastic blogs, one of which I have been following since many years. It is such a humbling experience to be recognized by one of the leading home decor magazines and a formidable team of jury members who shortlisted this blog from an array of Indian home decor blogs.
So my lovely readers, if you like reading this blog & miss me when I don't post regularly then please click on the link [ HERE ] and hit the 'Like' button there to vote for My Ikat Love, as the Most Inspiring Blog of 2013 :))
And even if I don't win, I will always cherish the moment in my memory when I first came to know about the nomination :))
I will be back soon. Till then 'Stay Inspired & Keep Voting'!
[Photograph is taken by me & is a copyright of My Ikat Love. Please do not copy without my permission]
Monday, 19 August 2013
This room was tucked away in my reference folder of pictures since I first saw it on House Beautiful . I often go back to it whenever I feel like looking at a room full of warmth, cosiness and simple elegance. Although this living room is in a house located in Los Angeles and I don't know its owner Roman Alonso personally but he & I both share a common passion and love for handmade and vintage home decor with universal appeal. And this room could very well be situated in one of those sprawling, pretty South Bombay apartments or anywhere in the world, for that matter. The brass lamps in the corner with its red linen shade, mattresses doubling as a sofa, the killim pillows on the colorful embroidered rug and the not to be missed jute window coverings, all these are things that we see in the Indian style of home decor as well. And propping up framed artworks and photographs on the floor, is something I like doing too!